Plan your Renovation
Planning And Visualization
- Planning is a critical step
in any renovation project. Start by critiquing the current
area to be remodeled or developed. What works and what
doesn't. What is the primary purpose for the space? Match your
plan to suit your lifestyle.
- It is common to have
difficulty visualizing the new space. We can assist by showing
you drawings or floor plans.
- Clip magazine photos of
layouts and décor schemes that inspire you. Take time to
research your options.
- Make a list of your needs
for the new space, then define the absolute needs... which
ones you would LIKE to have and which ones you NEED to have.
Prioritizing is important, it makes it possible to incorporate
the needs into your plans first, then if the space allows, you
can add in your likes. This also helps to determine if you
require additional square footage to accommodate the must-have
Establish A Budget
- Establish a budget for the
entire project and openly discuss it with the Project Manager.
Unrealistic expectations can result if you don't express your
targeted ceiling price and what you hope to get for your
- If the budget requires the
elimination of a few likes now in order to get what you want
later, we suggest considering things such as less expensive
countertops, flooring or electrical fixtures. These are
relatively easy to replace in the future, causing the least
amount of interruption.
- The worksheet below will
help in your decision making when establishing a budget.
Should you have any questions, we will gladly assist you.
- Keep in mind that there are
costs involved with the construction portion of the project
and the budget should allow for more than the just the
- Establish a goal and
determine the scope of the job. We can work with you on this
and inform you of the steps required to attain the plan you
are looking for.
- Plan start and completion
dates, who will be responsible for what. If you intend to
undertake some "do-it-yourself" tasks within the project,
discuss them early with the Project Manager to ensure proper
scheduling and coordination. Other things to consider are
cabinetry and any special order items which can have
lead-times of 4-8 weeks for delivery to the job site. It is
more cost efficient and headache free to begin construction
when the materials are readily available.
Finalize Your Plan
- Prepare a specification list
and sketch out a floor plan layout for the project. We can
assist you if you run into any difficulties. For larger, more
complex projects, we will use an Architect and/or Designer.
Make certain that you are comfortable with all aspects of your
plan. It is the least expensive time to change your mind or
Preparation And What To Expect
- To prepare for construction,
pack your household items in clearly marked boxes which can be
moved to another part of the home during the project. Remove
any items from the walls in neighboring rooms. The vibrations
from construction can cause pictures to fall. Should you wish
to cordon off a specific room, hang a poly barrier from the
ceiling to stop unwanted dust from effecting the rest of the
- Don't panic! Daily
communication with the Project Manager should ease the
construction process for your family.
- Relax, it's worth the
inevitable headaches and it is a terrific return on
investment. Keep in mind that it's a temporary inconvenience,
but a permanent improvement.
- The best way to remind
yourself of why you are doing this... look at your before
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